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Jeff Roth and Brian Brown Bicycle Protection Act

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The Jeff Roth and Brian Brown Bicycle Protection Act of 2007 was signed into law on May 3, 2007, by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Tennessee joins a handful of states that have moved forward to further protect cyclists on our roadways.

Passed without opposition in both the House and Senate, this act provides that "the operator of a motor vehicle when overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on the roadway, shall leave a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three feet (3') and shall maintain such clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle." A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

Here is a copy of the Jeff Roth and Brian Brown Bicycle Protection Act of 2007

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Our foundation is led 100% by volunteers that give their time and energy to further our mission.  You cash donation will help defray our day-to-day expenses as we work to spread the word about the 3-ft law and cyclists rights as a vehicle on our public roadways.  Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.  Thank you for your donation!

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Board of Directors

Current Board Members

Chuck Faulkner     
President
Jay Nevans Vice President
Meredith Liemohn Secretary
Tracy Carico Treasurer
Laura Ward
Robin Cook
Molly Arnold
Amy Benner
Steve Musick

Advisory Board
Senator Doug Overbey
Joe Black
Thom Thaldorf

Founding Members
Kathy (Roth) Webb
Keith Webb 

Past Members
Carl VanHoozier
Gary Hensley
Reinhold Mann
Tim Patterson
Tim Richardson

Matt Alexander
Kerry Hackney 

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Mission

The purpose of the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation is to promote, through advocacy and education, cycling as a safe and healthy form of transportation, and to provide financial assistance to families that have been touched by cycling tragedies.

Foundation Goals

  • To increase awareness of the Jeff Roth/Brian Brown Protection Act of 2007
  • To promote cycling safety education of children via schools and/or events
  • To provide cycling helmets to children of limited financial resources
  • To promote a harmonious relationship between motorists and cyclists
  • To provide assistance to cyclists who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident
  • To promote road cycling by improving bike route conditions

We welcome your comments and suggestions!

Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation
609 West Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN   37801
Phone:  865.309.5723 


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Jeff

Jeff Roth

1958 - 2006

In 2006, Jeff Roth was, first and foremost, a father of three little girls ages 5, 5, and 7 year old, a husband. He was a Physical Therapist by career. He exercised voraciously every day, rode long distances on the roads 5 to 6 times per week and especially loved steep hills.

One August afternoon, Jeff was riding on Rt. 321 in Maryville, Tennessee and was hit and killed by Mr. Tommy Carroll who was driving a pick up truck. Local cyclists Matt Alexander, Mike Winck and Jay Nevans worked with Tennessee Rep. Doug Overbey to put together a bill to protect cyclists and educate motorists through the Jeff Roth Protection Act. The bill passed unanimously through the House and the name Brian Brown was added to the bill at the Senate level. Brian was killed when he was struck by a truck near Martin, Tennessee. He was a friend of Tennessee Sen. Roy Herron. In Spring of 2007, the bill was signed by Governor Phil Bredeson.

Jeff's death brought the local and state cyclists together and the Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation was formed. Our foundation will strive to promote safe cycling and motorist education of the Jeff Roth and Brian Brown Protection Act.

Bicycle Protection Act
The Jeff Roth and Brian Brown Bicycle Protection Act of 2007 was signed into law on May 3, 2007, by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Tennessee joins a handful of states that have moved forward to further protect cyclists on our roadways.

Passed without opposition in both the House and Senate, this act provides that "the operator of a motor vehicle when overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on the roadway, shall leave a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three feet (3') and shall maintain such clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle." A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

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